Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, September through May. All classes will be held in person and virtual.  The following classes are offered:

Bible Study
Room 9/Zoom
Teachers: Davis Gray & Dr. Steve Parrish

This class begins with a study of Understanding the Old Testament by Robert D. Miller II.

The 39 books of the Old Testament constitute the Hebrew Bible, comprise nearly three quarters of the Christian Bible, and contain substantial material considered sacred within Islam. As such, the Old Testament is among the most influential and widely read texts in world history.

Even beyond its religious functions, the Old Testament has permeated Western culture since its creation, giving rise to innumerable references to the text and stories within Western literature, historical writing, philosophy, and art. For these reasons and more, the importance of the Old Testament in cultural, religious, and historical terms would be hard to overemphasize.

Now, in 24 dynamic lectures, Understanding the Old Testament takes a new look at this seminal text, filled with fresh perspectives, rich visual aids, and fascinating examination of the text, shedding light on the monumental impact of one of the world’s most beloved books.

Faith in the World
Room 8/Zoom
Teachers: Mark Brown and Jeff Ingram

This class will read and discuss If God is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk by John Pavlovitz.  Please read below for a description of this book.  If you’d like to be in this class please specify whether you’d like to have a paper or kindle version of the book.

Thou Shalt Not Be Horrible.

Imagine for a moment what the world might look like if we as people of faith, morality, and conscience actually aspired to this mantra.

What if we were fully burdened to create a world that was more loving and equitable than when we arrived?

What if we invited one another to share in wide-open, fearless, spiritual communities truly marked by compassion and interdependence?

What if we daily challenged ourselves to live a faith that simply made us better humans?

John Pavlovitz explores how we can embody this kinder kind of spirituality where we humbly examine our belief system to understand how it might compel us to act in less-than-loving ways toward others.

This simple phrase, “Thou Shalt Not Be Horrible,” could help us practice what we preach by creating a world where:

  • spiritual community provides a sense of belonging where all people are received as we are;
  • the most important question we ask of a religious belief is not Is it true? but rather, is it helpful?
  • it is morally impossible to pledge complete allegiance to both Jesus and America simultaneously;
  • the way we treat others is the most tangible and meaningful expression of our belief system.

In If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk, John Pavlovitz examines the bedrock ideas of our religion: the existence of hell, the utility of prayer, the way we treat LGBTQ people, the value of anger, and other doctrines to help all of us take a good, honest look at how the beliefs we hold can shape our relationships with God and our fellow humans―and to make sure that love has the last, loudest word.

Lectionary
Room 10/Zoom
Coordinators: Richard Raines and Jaime Groce

This adult class will be studying resources called Feasting on the Word; they study the scripture texts as they arise in the Revised Common Lectionary, a lectionary for worship now used by many Protestant churches, including ours; the lectionary includes readings for Sunday services. Lively discussion can be expected. Class members see their class as excellent preparation for the weekly worship experience.

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